About JAMB’s New Screening Model

Everything You Ought to Know about JAMB’s New Screening Model to Replace Post-UTME

It is no longer news that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu recently cancelled the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) introduced in 2005 by the then Minister of Education, Mrs. Chinwe Obaji. The policy mandated all tertiary institutions to screen candidates who had passed the JAMB exam before admitting them. Read more at: Vanguard website

new jamb screening model

As a result, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) met with representatives of Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education, to reveal the new criteria for which admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria will be based upon. That is, creating a more national screening model for all institutions. The points are evenly spread out between your O’level and Jamb results to provide a level playing field for all.

  • In the first case, any student who submits only one result with his/her relevant subjects has already accumulated 10 Points, of which the exam could be either (NECOWAECGCE) etc., but any candidate who has 2 sittings i.e. two combined results of either (NECO, WAEC, GCE) only gets 3 Points. So this means that students with only one O’level result are at an advantage but only just. The next point grades fall into the O’level grades.
  • Each grade from your O’level result has its equivalent point, [A=6 marksB=4 marks, C=3 marks] so the higher your grades the higher your chances for admission. The next point is the UTME scores.
  • Each UTME score range has its equivalent point which can be summarized thus, [180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points]. Each category contains 5 Jamb results per point added.

For example, a candidate with 180-185 score gets 20 points, a candidate with 186-190 score gets 21 points, a candidate with 190-195 score gets 22 points and a candidate with 196-200 score gets 23 points.

Things to Note:

– The points system for Direct Entry is yet to be released.
– Some institutions might still charge screening fees, depends on the school.
– Catchment and ELDS will still be used!


180 – 185 ————————20 points
186 – 190————————21points
191 -195————————-22points
196 – 200———————–23points
201 – 205———————–24points
206 – 210———————–25 points
211 – 215———————–26 points
216 -220————————27 points
221 -225————————28 points
226 -230————————29 points
231 -235————————30 points
236 – 240———————–31 points
241 – 245———————–32 points
246 -250————————33 points
251 -300———————– (34- 43points)
300 -400———————–(44 – 60 points)

1. Single sitting——————- 10 points
2. Combined Results————- 3 points
A1——————————6 points
B2 and B3———————4 points
C4 – C6————————3 points

So For example

If a student (Mohammed O. Michael) scored 205 in UTME, he automatically has 24 points. If the same student applied for Political Science as his course of study,

He presents only one WAEC result= 10 Points
He has 5 credits in the necessary subjects (3 x 5) =15 Points
His total points =49 points.
He will now have to wait for his school to release the cutoff Point for his course before admission his can be guaranteed.

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